Natural Wonders and Cultures of the Coral Triangle

17 days / 16 nights
    Expedition
    Return domestic flight included
    Natural Wonders and Cultures of the Coral Triangle
    Transfer + Flight Honiara / Brisbane

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania, Asia

    from 28 August 2018 to 13 September 2018
    17 days / 16 nights

    Departure Port : Darwin
    Arrival Port : Honiara, Guadalcanal Island

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : DH052 - A280818

    Discover Natural Wonders and Cultures of the Coral Triangle with a 17-day expedition voyage on board L’Austral.

    Named by Jules Dumont d'Urville in 1832 Melanesia, is a region of mystery and intrigue. Volcanic islands rise from azure blue oceans creating a picture postcard landscape of white sand beaches and rainforest clad mountains.

    Entwined within the landscape are a myriad of ancient cultures continuing the traditions and rituals of their ancestors.

    The islands in the heart of the Coral Triangle comprise the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world and are home to an astonishing diversity of cultures, landscapes, and flora and fauna. 

    Join Professor Jared Diamond and your expert expedition team as we explore these unique destinations by foot, zodiac and local transport.

    Professor Diamond says of this expedition: I’ve been visiting New Guinea and the Solomon Islands for 52 years. I keep going back—29 times so far—because, in my unbiased opinion, they are the most fascinating area of the world! Nothing can match them for human diversity, beauty, and biological richness and interest on land and in the water. The only disadvantage of visiting New Guinea and the Solomons is that, once you have been there, all the rest of the world will seem to you boring by comparison. I’m looking forward to sharing with you my pleasure in New Guinea and Solomon Island people, languages, birds, coral reefs, fish, and World War Two history. I’ve been telling my wife Marie about that part of the world ever since we met almost 40 years ago, but she has never been there. Now, at last, I will be able to show Marie, and you, why I keep returning.

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    Highlights

    • Walk along streets that were the most valuable real estate in the world for more than 400 years
    • Discover the Maluku Islands, an idyllic paradise, the original Spice Islands.
    • Swim and snorkel in rajah Ampat, the heart of the coral triangle.
    • Witness traditional Sepik river culture and artefacts.
    • Experience the energetic traditional performances of the Trobriand Islanders.
    • Discover Papua New Guinea’s Role during World War II.
    • View the remarkable skill of the Solomon Island carvers
    • Snorkel around the wreck of the “World Discoverer”
    • Gain an insight into the History, culture, and incredible diversity of life from your expert expedition team.

    Transfer + Flight Honiara / Brisbane

    Return domestic flight included

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
       
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      28 August 2018 – At sea

      Darwin

      Embarkation 28/08/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 28/08/2018 at 18H00 .

      Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. You will also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.

      29 August 2018 – At sea

      29 August 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 29/08/2018. Departure 29/08/2018.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      30 August 2018 – Banda Neira, Maluku Islands

      30 August 2018 – Banda Neira, Maluku Islands

      Arrival 30/08/2018. Departure 30/08/2018.

      From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green jungle… The attractions of the remote Banda archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.

      31 August 2018 – Triton Bay, West Papua

      31 August 2018 – Triton Bay, West Papua

      Arrival 31/08/2018. Departure 31/08/2018.

      Triton Bay is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province that comprise the Bird’s Head Seascape (the other two are Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay), which is now considered by marine biologists to be the epicentre of the Coral Triangle. It contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet. Its unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism, habitat richness, and relatively intact nature of its ecosystems are unique. Join your expedition team for a zodiac voyage through the spectacular rainforest capped karst islands. Later in the day enjoy the opportunity to explore the richness of the underwater realm.

      1 September 2018▸2 September 2018 – At sea

      1 September 2018▸2 September 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 01/09/2018. Departure 02/09/2018.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      3 September 2018 – Pulau Lamsutu

      3 September 2018 – Pulau Lamsutu

      Arrival 03/09/2018. Departure 03/09/2018.

      Pulau Lamsutu is a small uninhabited Island in the Sarmi district off the North coast of Papua Province in Indonesia. Known for its beautiful white sand beaches and intact coral reefs the Islands are awaiting discovery. There is a small population (270) of local people living on nearby Pulau Liki who still practice a traditional lifestyle.

      4 September 2018 – Jayapura, Papua

      4 September 2018 – Jayapura, Papua

      Arrival 04/09/2018. Departure 04/09/2018.

      Jayapura City is the provincial capital of Papua province, Indonesia. It is a modern industrial city contrasting markedly with the surrounding hinterland where Papuan tribes live a subsistence lifestyle. The vast majority of Jayapurans are transmigrants from western Indonesia who control most of the industry and economics of the region. Guests have the opportunity to visit the Loka Budaya Museum with its vast collection of Papuan artefacts before leaving the city behind, and travelling to the traditional village of Asai on Lake Sentani. Here you can enjoy a cultural performance and witness life in a traditional Papuan village. Asai is famous for its production of Tapa cloth.

      5 September 2018 – Kopar

      5 September 2018 – Kopar

      Arrival 05/09/2018. Departure 05/09/2018.

      The people of the Sepik region speak more than 250 languages and are knitted together in systems of trade and cultural interaction. Kopar village’s location at the mouth of the Sepik river makes it an important trading point for surrounding villages. Here the crocodile is worshiped as the water spirit. As is custom in all Sepik societies, the men's house is the place where important decisions regarding the village are made, where boys are initiated and become men and ceremonies to please the spirits are performed. Guests will be welcomed ashore with a ceremony and cultural performance, including the famous “dragon dance.” There will be an opportunity to walk around the village of Kopar to experience traditional life in the lower Sepik.

      6 September 2018 – Madang

      6 September 2018 – Madang

      Arrival 06/09/2018. Departure 06/09/2018.

      Madang Township was once known as the "prettiest town in the South Pacific".  Its peninsula setting is a show-place of parks, waterways, luxuriant shade trees and sparkling tropical islands. The diverse geographical nature of Madang province is reflected in the 170 different languages that are spoken. This diversity is showcased in the Madang festival with its colourful displays of “sing sings” performed by numerous cultural groups from across the Madang Province. Join your expedition team for a tour to the local village of BilBil, famous for the production of clay pots. You will also be treated to a number of cultural performances showcasing the local customs, costume and dance of the coastal, midland and highland communities.

      7 September 2018 – Tami Island

      7 September 2018 – Tami Island

      Arrival 07/09/2018. Departure 07/09/2018.

      The Tami Islands (Kalal, Wanam & Idjan) are a small group of uplifted coral atolls, with two main villages on the two larger islands and many smaller reefs and cays. In the centre is a beautiful, crystal clear blue lagoon with abundant marine life and stunning coral formations. The islands, located in Morobe Province not far from the town of Finschaffen are seldom-visited. Tami Islanders are renowned artisans and are most famous for their intricately decorated bowls.

      8 September 2018 – Kitava Island

      8 September 2018 – Kitava Island

      Arrival 08/09/2018. Departure 08/09/2018.

      The Trobriand Islands remain one of the most culturally intact places in the Pacific. Their unique social system is dominated by hereditary chiefs who wield tremendous power, although inheritances and lines of power are matrilineal. The Trobriands are often referred to as the ‘islands of love’. A reference to the customs and sexual practices of the islanders during the Yam harvesting festival of Milamala. Dance and celebration continue to play an important role in society with the rhythm of the dances retaining their sensuality, despite the best efforts of missionaries.

      9 September 2018 – Samarai Island

      9 September 2018 – Samarai Island

      Arrival 09/09/2018. Departure 09/09/2018.

      The Samarai islands are located in the China Strait off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea. In its colonial heyday it was said to be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006. Just 3km west of Samarai, Kwato Island was once an educational centre and home to a thriving boat building industry. Following the old tree-lined road to the top of the island reveals a stonewalled church that was built in 1937 and remains a testimony to the missionaries of a bygone era. Join your expedition team for a guided walk on Samarai and Kwato Islands. You also will enjoy swimming and snorkelling on nearby Deka Deka island.

      10 September 2018 – At sea

      10 September 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 10/09/2018. Departure 10/09/2018.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      11 September 2018 – Gizo

      11 September 2018 – Gizo

      Arrival 11/09/2018. Departure 11/09/2018.

      Gizo is situated on Ghizo Island and is the second largest town in the Solomon Islands, after the capital, Honiara. The people of the Western Province are regarded as amongst the most skilled carvers in the world. They produce carvings from various woods including ebony and rosewood. These amazingly intricate carvings can take months to make and accordingly command a high price. There are plenty of opportunities for world class snorkelling, diving and underwater photography throughout the Western province and the Islands around Ghizo are considered among the most popular. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the traditional markets of Gizo.

      11 September 2018 – Njari Island

      11 September 2018 – Njari Island

      Arrival 11/09/2018. Departure 11/09/2018.

      There are plenty of opportunities for world class snorkelling, diving and underwater photography throughout the Solomon Islands with sites in the Western and Central Provinces considered among the most popular. The underwater realm is home to more than 1000 species of reef fish, along with dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world's seven species of marine turtles. Almost 500 species of corals have been identified amongst the 5,750km2 of reefs found in the Solomon Islands. Njari Island is an uninhabited picture postcard island located 15nm from the town of Gizo. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling from its idyllic shores.

      12 September 2018 – Roderick Bay, Florida Islands

      12 September 2018 – Roderick Bay, Florida Islands

      Arrival 12/09/2018. Departure 12/09/2018.

      Part of the Florida Islands, Roderick bay is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and fringing coral reefs. These clear warm tropical waters give rise to a myriad of colourful corals only metres from the shore. To add to this stunning environment, nosed up onto a nearby beach, listing heavily to its starboard side is the wreck of the World Discoverer; an expedition cruise ship beached here in 2001 after striking a charted rock at the Northern entrance to Sandfly Passage. Venture ashore for a welcome ceremony, take a walk through the village or snorkel around the wreck to witness the marine environment attempting to reclaim this invader.

      13 September 2018▸12 September 2018 – Honiara, Guadalcanal Island

      Honiara, Guadalcanal Island

      Disembarkation 13/09/2018 at 07H00 .

      Honiara is the capital city of The Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the north western coast of Guadalcanal Island. Honiara comes from the local Ghari Language “naho-ni-ara” meaning 'facing the ara', the place where the southeast winds meet the land. Discover this city, its beautiful landscape, and the significant role it played in World War II. Particularly The Battle of Henderson Field, the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese in 1942. 

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Australia: an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia. For more information, please visit www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas. Carriers should be aware that there will not be any physical evidence in your passport.

        Australian customs regulations are very strict, especially for the import of food items such as fresh food (even sealed), fruits, eggs, meat, plants, vegetables, seeds, grains. Fur and feathers are also forbidden. We highly recommend you consult this website for further details : www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas/customs-clearance.

        It is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advise relating to travel through these regions, including advice on Malaria prevention and dengue fever.

      • Indonesia: Visa delivered and charged onboard (35€ subject to change) valid for 30 days.

      • Papua New Guinea: Visa delivered onboard free of charge.

      • Solomon Islands: Visa delivered onboard free of charge

      • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

      Scuba diving

      Scuba diving

      Fauna of the Oceania

      The fauna of Oceania is very varied. During the various dives, divers can observe different species of benthic fauna such as emperor angel fish, Meyer butterfly fish, raccoon butterfly fish, and pelagic fauna such as manta rays, Gray reef sharks, as well as endemic wildlife such as spiny orange sponges and fried egg anemone.

      Supervision of the dives

      Your dives will be led by your PONANT instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly. On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

      Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

      The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 2 star CMAS or the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our main diving instructor.

      Process of the dives (certified divers)

      The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

      • For those with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 25 metres.
      • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

      Duration of the dives

      The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants. For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption.

       Supplied equipment

      • Diving wetsuit
      • Stabilising jacket
      • Fins, mask and snorkel
      • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
      • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

      Scuba diving activities on this cruise

      PORTS OF CALL

      DIVES 
      (for certified divers)

      DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING 
      (for beginners)

      Indonesia – Banda Neira

      YES

      NO

      Indonesia – Triton Bay

      YES

      NO

      Indonesia – Pulau Lamsutu

      YES

      NO

      Indonesia – Jayapura

      NO

      NO

      Papua-New-Guinea – Vanimo

      NO

      NO

      Papua-New-Guinea – Kopar Village

      NO

      NO

      Papua-New-Guinea – Madang

      YES

      NO

      Papua-New-Guinea – Tami Island

      YES

      NO

      Papua-New-Guinea – Kitava Island

      YES

      NO

      Papua-New-Guinea - Samarai

      YES

      NO

      Solomons Islands – Gizo

      YES

      NO

      Solomons Islands – Njari Island

      YES

      NO

      Solomons Islands – Roderick Bay

      YES

      NO

       These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

      Rates

      Price per person

      • Certified dive:
        • Exploration (1 dive): €80
        • Excellence Package (3 dives): €225
        • Passion Package (6 dives): €420
        • Master Package (10 dives): €650

      Theme

      TROPICAL EXPEDITION

      TROPICAL EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Transfer + Flight Honiara / Brisbane

      For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits.  This package is included in your cruise fare.

       

      Disembarkation Day – Honiara/Brisbane

      Disembarkation.

      Meet and great at the port.

      Discover Honiara by a sightseeing tour. Enjoy highlights and learn more about Salomon’s Islands capital.

      Check out and transfer to the airport in time for flight check in.

      Flight Honiara/Brisbane selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 15 min.

       

      Your programme includes:

      • Flight Honiara/Brisbane selected by PONANT in economy class.
      • Transfers as per programme.
      • Local guide services.
      • A snack before your flight
      • A late inflight lunch.

      Your programme does not include:

      • Tips for the local guide.
      • Personal expenses.
      • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

       

      Please note :

      • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
      • The sightseeing tour includes 1 mile (1.8 km) of walking on uneven surfaces with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
      • Flight included in the programme are in economy class.
      • Program and flight schedule are subject to change.
      • For passengers in transit in Brisbane, we recommend staying one night in Brisbane before your connecting flight.

       

       

      To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

       

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Olivier de Kersauson

      Olivier de Kersauson

      Olivier de Kersauson is a French sailor born in 1944. From 1967 to 1974 he sailed with the legendary Eric Tabarly on several of the latter’s Pen Duick classics. He went on to have his own career on Kriter. In the eighties he embarked on a multi-hull adventure. In brief, 45 years as a professional sailor, with several Jules Verne Trophies under his belt. The sea holds no secrets for Olivier. From San Francisco to Osaka, Sydney to Tahiti, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Australia, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, he has roamed the world’s oceans and holds several world records to this day.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Pascal ROSTAIN

      Jared Diamond

      Jared Diamond

      Jared Diamond, a globally renowned ecologist, evolutionary biologist, and professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" and "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies", for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, the National Science Medal, and research prizes and grants from the National Geographic Society and the American Physiological Society, he has won many teaching awards and has been elected a member of leading U.S. national scientific and academic honorary societies such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

      Language spoken: English

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

      Dressing tips :

      • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
      • Light weight long trousers
      • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
      • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
      • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
      • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
      • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
      • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
      • Comfortable walking shoes
      • Waterproof backpack for camera
      • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
      • Binoculars
      • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

      Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

      Benefits of the PONANT shop:

      • expert advice to gear up
      • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
      • Duty Free prices
      • delivery directly on board

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        25/08/2018 – From the Natural wonders of Sydney to the top End (3 nights)

        1980.00 $ **

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        25/08/2018 – FROM THE NATURE WONDERS OF SYDNEY TO THE TOP END

        1790.01 $ **

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      2. After your cruise

        13/09/2018 – Night at the Sofitel Central Hotel (1 night)

        395.00 $ **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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